Angie Stone

Full Name
Angie Brown Stone (Born Angela Laverne Brown, January 30, 1961 in Columbia, SC)

Groups
The Sequence:
Angie Stone (Born Angela Laverne Brown, January 30, 1961 in Columbia, SC)
Cheryl Cook
Gwendolyn Chisolm

Devox:
Angie Stone (Born Angela Laverne Brown, January 30, 1961 in Columbia, SC)
Gerry DeVeaux
Charlie Mole

Angie Stone

Albums
Angie Stone - Black Diamond
Angie Stone - Mahogany Soul
Angie Stone - Stone Love
Angie Stone - Life Goes On
Angie Stone - The Art Of Love & War
Angie Stone - Unexpected
Vertical Hold - A Matter Of Time
Vertical Hold - Head First

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The Sugar Hill Story (The Sequence)

Bio From AllMusic.Com
A singer, MC, self-taught keyboardist, and prolific songwriter, Angie Stone's first claim to fame was her membership in the Sequence, an all-female trio that recorded for pioneering hip-hop label Sugar Hill, beginning with the 1979 single "Funk You Up." Several years later, she re-emerged as the lead vocalist for Vertical Hold, where she scored with the smooth urban dance track "Seems You're Much Too Busy," a Top 40 R&B hit during the summer of 1993 that led to very productive solo career. With the release of her 1999 solo debut, she became one of neo-soul's leading lights, providing sharp insight into romantic relationships with her smoky yet upfront voice.

Stone, a native of Columbia, SC, began singing gospel music at a young age at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take his only child to see performances by gospel artists such as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. During her youth, she wrote poetry, played sports and, after high-school graduation, was offered college basketball scholarships. While working dead-end jobs, Stone began saving money to record her own demos at a local studio called PAW. She joined Gwendolyn Chisholm and Cheryl Cook in the rap trio the Sequence, who recorded hits for Joe and Sylvia Robinson's Sugar Hill label -- "Funk You Up," a remake of Parliament's hit "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" called "Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off)," and "I Don't Need Your Love." Soon after, Stone was working with futuristic rappers Mantronix and rocker Lenny Kravitz and formed the classy R&B trio Vertical Hold, who first charted with the Criminal single "Summertime." Besides "Seems You're Much Too Busy," the group's self-titled A&M album spawned another charting single, "ASAP." The group split after its second album.

Stone subsequently signed to Arista as a solo artist and recorded 1999's Black Diamond, a Top Ten R&B album that was certified gold on the strength of the singles "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" and "Everyday" (one of several songs she has written either for or with D'Angelo). The album won her a pair of Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. She shifted to J for 2001's Mahogany Soul, another gold seller. 2004's Stone Love fared just as well commercially, yet she moved to the revitalized Stax label for her fourth studio album, 2007's The Art Of Love & War. It topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and featured two of her best singles, "Baby" and "Sometimes." Unexpected, a second Stax release, followed two years later. Also an occasional actor, she appeared in a handful of movies, including The Fighting Temptations and Pastor Brown, as well as the television programs Moesha, Girlfriends, and Lincoln Heights. Ed Hogan

The Sequence' Bio From AllMusic.Com
The Sequence hailed from Columbia, SC, and consisted of Angie Brown Stone, Cheryl Cook, and Gwendolyn Chisolm. Recording for Joe & Sylvia Robinson's Sugarhill Records label, they hit with "Funk You Up" in early 1980; "Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off)," a remake of Parliament's 1976 gold single "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" in summer 1981; and "I Don't Need Your Love (Part One)" from spring 1982. Their two charting LPs were both titled The Sequence. Angie Stone sang lead on Vertical Hold's 1993 Top Twenty R&B hit "Seems You're Much Too Busy" and had a gold single with "There's No More Rain in This Cloud" from her 1999 gold album Black Diamond. - Ed Hogan

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